This weekend I went to Cebu, an island east of Negros, for the Kiva rollout in the NWTF branches. I figured the place would be ideal for my photography, especially since I’d gotten hold of the best dslr under $1000 that one could lay their hands on. I traveled as part of a five-person team, including Massah, the photography consultant, Raymond, the research manager, Jubert, the IT manager, and Presy, the Kiva coordinator. Pocholo, a friend of Raymond’s, needed a lift to Cebu and caught a ride with us. The six of us loaded the infamous red van and left at 7 AM on Thursday morning. The road to the port in San Carlos normally takes 3.5 hours, but we chose to take a shortcut through the mountains on a winding two-lane road cut neatly into the side of a cliff. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at the port, the ferry was full. The next ferry didn’t leave until 2:30 in the afternoon, so we drove three hours south along a coastal road to another port in Aclan, where the ferry leaves every hour and takes 30 minutes to cross. Once on the other side, we had another three-hour trip back up north. Twelve hours later, we arrived in Cebu City and checked into a hotel.
Capping off a marathon month of travel, I am spending the weekend in Cebu. NWTF is rolling out Kiva in several of the Cebu branches and I am coming along to give a short presentation to the loan officers and branch manager on the history of Kiva, the mission, and how it works. There will be five of us, including myself. The Kiva coordinator, Presy, will discuss the process for getting the information for the borrower profile. The MIS manager, Jubert, will talk about using the technology (FTP, or file transfer protocol) to send the data to headquarters. Raymond, the assistant manager of the research department, will explain why NWTF chose to partner with Kiva – what value the Kiva brings and how NWTF benefits. Lastly, Massah, a freelance consultant and graduate of UCLA film school, will give the loan officers a training on how to take photos and video. It should be an interesting experience.